Telehealth

Emergency Mental Health Care Benefits from Telepsychiatry

July 2, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
An EMS and DMH Mobile Crisis Telepsychiatry vehicle.

Seconds count when it comes to a suicidal patient and getting them to the care they need. EMS personnel often find themselves dealing with mental health patients. Because they do not have psychiatry expertise, EMS often has to transport these patients to the ER where they...

Technology Brings Doctors Directly to Nursing Home Residents

June 15, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Eleanor Grayson is examined with a telehealth machine in her home at The Village at Summerville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 South Carolinians lived in nursing homes in 2015. Some nursing home residents can still be mostly independent, while others require constant care. Dr. Russ Blackwelder, the associate medical...

SCTA Work Group Keeping Statewide Telehealth Growth At Its Peak

June 14, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
SCTA IT Work Group

One of the goals for telehealth is to bring care directly to patients in a more convenient way – especially in underserved communities. As rural hospitals close nationwide, the expansion of telehealth services can be a crucial addition to addressing needs in those...

SC Impacting Global Health by Bridging Two Worlds To Save Lives

June 7, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Dr. Godson at Masindi-Kitara Medical Center

Imagine having to walk over 120 miles before you could receive health care. Once you get there, you are told there is no doctor available. This would seem highly improbable for someone living in the United States, but it is quite common in places like Uganda. Dr. Edward O'...

Behind the Scenes: The Production of 'My Telehealth' at C E Murray High School

May 29, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Tabitha Safdi
My Telehealth Team

Driving two hours from Columbia, John Lewis and Julia Shillinglaw set out to get a glimpse of what school-based telehealth is like in rural Greeleyville, South Carolina. They arrive at C E Murray High School and meet with the school telepresenter, Lynn Floyd. This story is...

Telehealth Keeps Young Player on the Soccer Field

May 23, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
12-year-old Justin Ruiz makes a save during soccer practice. Ruiz suffers from sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell disease is a blood disease that can affect every organ in the body. It's an inherited and incurable condition, but it can be treated and managed. Sickle cell patients, like 12-year-old Justin Ruiz of Hilton Head Island, also have an increased risk of stroke...

What to Expect at the 6th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina

March 14, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Sixth annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina

In April, leaders and experts in telehealth will convene in Columbia for the 6th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina . The 2018 Summit is an opportunity for professionals in all aspects of the healthcare industry to learn about the latest telehealth policies and...

Family Learns Best Health Habits Via Telenutrition

March 5, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Smith Day participates in his telenutrition consult with dietitian Molly Jones from MUSC.

Specialist doctors are scarce in parts of rural South Carolina. For kids in need of a specialist appointment, it can be even more difficult. That’s the dilemma Krissee Day discovered when her son’s doctor recommended nutrition counseling. In their hometown of Pawleys Island...

Hospital E-Visits Spike During Flu Season

February 21, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Man laying his head on his desk.

This flu season has been more aggressive than usual. DHEC says more than 3,400 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season, and at least 128 people in South Carolina have died, including a child. Health officials are urging everyone older than 6 months to...

After-School Nutrition Program Reaches Rural Communities

February 12, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Students at Hopkins Elementary School during tele-nutrition after-school classes.

Dozens of students participate in an after-school program at Hopkins Elementary School in rural Richland County. After most of their classmates have gone home for the day, these kids go to the library. Plates, pasta shells, and measuring cups are scattered across the tables...

Mobile Crisis Fills Gap in Emergency Mental Health Care

January 29, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
EMS Vehicle Prepares to Leave on Call

Every minute counts in an emergency. First responders are trained to arrive at an emergency scene and deliver life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. They’re trained to recognize the difference between a medical emergency and a mental health crisis, because the two...

South Carolina Hospital Earns National Recognition

January 8, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
MUSC Center for Telehealth in Charleston, South Carolina.

The telehealth program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) earned national recognition as a telehealth center for excellence. It’s one of two such centers in the country. The designation is given to programs that operate in mostly rural areas known for...

Mom Uses TeleBurn App To Help Burned Child

November 30, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Cooper and his mom Sarah use the TeleBurn App.

Cooper, an eight-year-old from Goose Creek, South Carolina was burned severely when he tried to catch a pot falling from the stove. His legs, arms, and stomach suffered third-degree burns. He was quickly rushed to MUSC’s burn clinic, which is currently the only center in...

Leaders Focus on School-Based Healthcare Innovation

November 27, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
School-Based Health Collaborative Annual Meeting

It’s cold and flu season again. This means school children are likely sharing more than school supplies; they may also be sharing germs. Close contact in schools makes germ-sharing a year-round occurrence that spikes during cold and flu season. Being sick at school can kick...

S.C. Providers Meet to Teach and Learn Opioid Treatment Lessons

November 17, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Dr. Kelly Barth addressing a group of addiction specialists in Florence, South Carolina.

In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, healthcare providers and addiction specialists in South Carolina are coming together to address the crisis head-on. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says 550 South Carolinians died of an overdose...

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